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Here’s When You Can Watch ‘Rudolph’, ‘Frosty’, and Other Holiday Classics This Year

The holiday classics are returning this year and now that we know the Peanuts specials are also making a comeback, retiring as a couch potato has never sounded so good.

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Most recently, CBS and ABC have released their television holiday specials and if you don’t have cable, don’t sweat just yet; you can live stream CBS on a handful of streaming services such as Hulu, Paramount+, and fuboTV.

Starting with the fan-favorite Christmastime movies first,

  • “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” will air from 8-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22 on CBS.
  • “Frosty the Snowman,” airs from 8-8:30 p.m. alongside “Frosty Returns,” from 8:30-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, on CBS.
  • “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, and at the same time on Dec. 23, on ABC.
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With the iconic classics out of the way, here is the full list of holiday shows airing on both ABC and CBS!


  • “Adele One Night Only” 8:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14
  • “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 8-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22
  • The Thanksgiving Day parade, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 25
  • “Frosty the Snowman,” 8-8:30 p.m. and “Frosty Returns,” 8:30-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26
  • “Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire,” 8-8:30 p.m. and “Robbie the Reindeer: Legends of the Lost Tribe,” 8:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27
  • “The Story of Santa Claus,” 9-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27
  • “One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga,” 8-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28
  • “Home for the Holidays at the Grove,” 9:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, featuring stores of adoption from foster care
  • “A Christmas Proposal,” original movie, 8-10:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12
  • “Christmas Takes Flight,” original movie, 8-10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19
  • The 44th annual Kennedy Center Honors, 9-11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22. Those being honored are Justino Díaz, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell.
  • “A Holly Dolly Christmas,” 8-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.
  • “Kenny Rogers: All in For the Gambler,” 9-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.
  • “New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash,” 8-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31.


  • “The Magic Maker,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25
  • “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23
  • “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28
  • “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” 9 p.m. Sundays, starting Sunday, Nov. 28
  • “CMA Country Christmas,” 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29
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  • “A Very Boy Band Holiday,” 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, and 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23
  • “The Sound of Music,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19
  • “Shrek the Halls,” 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24
  • “Disney Magical Christmas Day Parade,” 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 25
  • “The Wonderful World of Disney: Frozen,” 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27
  • “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31